When voters in Sunnyvale, Calif., approved a gun control measure in November, both sides of the gun debate thought it could help their cause nationally.
Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri, who pushed for the new rules, hoped his city's restrictions would help to convince local and state lawmakers that there was support for gun control. "City by city, if we start doing something, it'll give the base for legislators to stand on and take on these issues," he said in an interview after the vote passed in a 66 percent to 34 percent vote.
But gun rights advocates saw the new rules favorably, too. At least, in a way. While other cases could make it to the level of the Supreme Court, Sunnyvale's restrictive rules are particularly suited to get there faster, according to an attorney who represents the pro-gun National Rifle Association. And, to get them there, he just filed a lawsuit against the city.
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